Inventing transnational Chinese American identities in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, Shirley Geok-lin Lim's Among the white moon faces, and Shawn Hsu Wong's American knees

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dc.contributor.advisor Onkey, Lauren en_US
dc.contributor.author Su, Suocai en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us--- en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:31:40Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:31:40Z
dc.date.created 2004 en_US
dc.date.issued 2004
dc.identifier LD2489.Z68 2004 .S87 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/181268
dc.description.abstract My dissertation investigates how Chinese American writers invent transnational Chinese American identities in the 1980s and 1990s. In particular, I focus on Amy Tan's The JoyLuck Club (1989), Shirley Geok-lin Lim's Among the White Moon Faces: An Asian American Memoir of Homelands (1996), and Shawn Hsu Wong's American Knees(1995). 1 argue that Tan, Lim, and Wong challenge the conventional ideas of a singular, pure, and fixed identity but instead create Chinese American identities in the post-1965 era as multiple, hybrid, and constantly changing to accommodate to an open, diverse, and multicultural America. Specifically, in Tan's work, by describing both the conflicts and connections between the Chinese mothers and their American horn daughters, she represents a group of Chinese American women who transcend their cultural, generational, and linguistic differences to achieve an identity that connects the West with the East. In Lim's work, by portraying the domestic and international movements of herself as an immigrant, she reveals the long and painful process of negotiating multiple cultures and identities that enables her to change from a Chinese Malaysian to a new Asian American woman. In Wong's work, by focusing on how the fourth- and fifthgeneration of Chinese and/or Asian American men and women negotiate racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual identities, Wong meditates on what the term Asian American means in the new age. Together the three works reflect the range, diversity, and invention of contemporary Chinese American identities by Chinese American writers in the new era. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of English
dc.format.extent x, 207 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Chinese Americans in literature. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh American literature -- Chinese American authors -- History and criticism. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism. en_US
dc.title Inventing transnational Chinese American identities in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, Shirley Geok-lin Lim's Among the white moon faces, and Shawn Hsu Wong's American knees en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (Ph. D.) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1301632 en_US


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